Elliot Silverstein was the director of six feature films in the mid-twentieth century. The most famous of these by far is Cat Ballou, a comedy-western starring Jane Fonda.
While Silverstein was not a prolific director, his films were often decorated. Cat Ballou, for instance, earned one Oscar and was nominated for four more. His high quality work was rewarded in 1990 with a Lifetime Achievement Award by the Directors Guild of America.
In 1965, at the 15th Berlin International Film Festival, he won the Youth Film Award - Honorable Mention, in the category of Best Feature Film Suitable for Young People for Cat Ballou. He was also nominated for the Golden Berlin Bear.
In 1966, he was nominated for the DGA Award in the category for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Motion Pictures(Cat Ballou).
In 1971, he won the Bronze Wrangler award at the Western Heritage Awards in the category of Theatrical Motion Picture for A Man Called Horse, along with producer Sandy Howard, writer Jack DeWitt, and actors Judith Anderson, Jean Gascon, Corinna Tsopei and Richard Harris.
In 1990, he was awarded the DGA Honorary Life Member Award.
Silverstein has been married three times, each ending in divorce. His first marriage was to Evelyn Ward, and his second to Alana King. In the course of his first marriage he became the step-father of David Cassidy.
He currently lives in Studio City, California. Actively retired, Silverstein has taught film at USC, California and continues to work on screen plays and other projects.